Blue Gardenia

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"There was nothing lily-white about her -- the clutch-and-kill girl they called: The Blue Gardenia"
  • NR
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.9  (6,118)

Blue Gardenia is a classic film noir from 1953 that tells the story of a young woman named Norah Larkin, played by Anne Baxter, who is heartbroken over a recent breakup with her fiance. Norah is feeling alone and vulnerable when she decides to meet up with a man named Harry Prebble, played by Richard Conte, whom she met through a classified ad.

After dinner and drinks, Norah returns to Harry's hotel room and, after blacking out from drinking too much, wakes up to find Harry dead on the floor. She panics and flees the scene, unsure of what to do or who to turn to. The next morning, she finds out from the news that Harry was a notorious playboy rumored to have been involved with several women, including a nightclub singer named Crystal, played by the talented Ann Sothern.

Norah's life quickly spirals out of control as she becomes the prime suspect in Harry's murder. The detectives investigating the case try to piece together what exactly happened that night, but Norah has no recollection of the events and is too afraid to tell them the truth. As she tries to prove her innocence, Norah becomes increasingly paranoid and begins to suspect those closest to her.

The film's themes of loneliness, betrayal, and desperation are expertly depicted through the characters and their actions. Norah's struggle to clear her name and find out the truth about Harry's death is both suspenseful and heart-wrenching. The cinematography and lighting are also stunning, adding to the film's tense and moody atmosphere.

Anne Baxter delivers a powerful performance as the conflicted and vulnerable Norah, while Conte and Sothern provide great supporting roles as the charming but shady Harry and the sassy nightclub singer Crystal, respectively. The film also features a strong ensemble cast, including Raymond Burr as the hardened police detective who is determined to solve the case.

Overall, Blue Gardenia is a classic film noir that effectively captures the genre's trademark themes and style. It's a must-see for fans of suspenseful thrillers and classic Hollywood cinema.

Blue Gardenia is a 1953 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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    1 hr 28 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (6,118)